Ramblings: Huberdeau, Robertson, Hartman Scoring; Swayman Shutout (Dec 3)

Ian Gooding

2021-12-03

The Sabres-Panthers game ended with the outcome that you likely expected. It just took an unlikely turn at the beginning. Buffalo scored three first-period goals, two of which were from Vinnie Hinostroza. One of Dobber's personal favorites, Hinostroza entered the game with just one point in his last five games. After the Sabres made it 4-1, the Panthers scored two goals before the end of the second period to make it close. Then they exploded for four goals in the third period en route to a 7-4 win.

If you thought this matchup would be a piece of cake for Sergei Bobrovsky, that clearly wasn't the case. Bob was pulled midway through the second period after allowing four goals on just 12 shots. Bobrovsky is a strong bet to earn a win every time he starts because of the team playing in front of him. However, some of his struggles from his earlier days in Florida might be creeping in, as he has just one quality start over his last five games.

In a game where a team scores seven goals, you want your studs to be your studs. Jonathan Huberdeau didn't disappoint, tying a career high with five points (1 G, 4 A). Huby has been piling up the points recently with eight points over his last two games and 15 points over his last nine games. Playing on Huberdeau's line, Sam Reinhart wasn't too shabby either with a goal and three assists.  

Aaron Ekblad also filled the stat categories with two goals (one on the power play), an assist, a +3, six shots, and two blocks. He also has back-to-back three-point games and has taken at least five shots in each of his last three games. Those three-point efforts have also vaulted Ekblad to a point-per-game pace (23 points in 23 games). I don't think there's much more that you could ask for from a fantasy d-man. Cale Makar, Adam Fox, and Victor Hedman are the only other blueliners who are scoring at a point per game (minimum 15 GP).

Anton Lundell hasn't exactly fit in seamlessly as the Aleksander Barkov replacement, but he's also a 20-year-old rookie. Lundell broke an eight-game point drought by scoring a pair of goals. Barkov is back participating at practice (Injury Ward), so you shouldn't have to wait too much longer for him.

Because Craig Anderson is injured and Aaron Dell has been ineffective (0 quality starts in 4 starts), the Sabres acquired